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View Poll Results: Who has the best serve
Mark Philippoussis 6 9.52%
Andy Roddick 19 30.16%
Guga Kuerten 2 3.17%
Marat Safin 13 20.63%
Carlos Moya 2 3.17%
Juan Carlos Ferrero 3 4.76%
Roger Federer 10 15.87%
Andre Agassi 2 3.17%
El Aynaoui Younes 2 3.17%
Other 4 6.35%
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POLL: Best serve

Who has the best service on the tour? Of present players?
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I would say Roger and Marat. Too close to call. Andy is up there but those are the two who have the best serves.
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Re: POLL: Best serve

I cant tell if Andy's is any good. His motion pisses me off too much. It just doesnt seem to flow to me, and looks like he's bouncing all over the place! lol... Maybe Scud I guess... Or wayne arthurs? lol

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I'd say Roger Federer. His serve is so good when its working, at Wimbledon, a lot of his points were won just by his serve, also he was holding every game with ease.
Also up there is Safin, and someone you forgot on the poll is Wayne Arthurs. He's probably got the best serve with the most variety, but the rest of his game isnt that good.
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You have to put Roger over Andy and Scud since he can outserve them both. Every time he plays Andy he always gets more aces.
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One reason Roger gets more aces than Andy is that he returns Andy's serve well, thus reducing his easy points on serve. Having said that, Roger did serve exceptionally well at Wimbledon. We'll probably see more of that in 2004.
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Can one judge a player's serve only by the way he served at Wimby? Wimby is a fast surface you know, so it's harder to return. I'm not saying that Federer's serve is bad, but I don't think it's the best.

I also am wondering of what people don't like in Roddick's serve?
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Re: POLL: Best serve

How many Aces someone gets is partially dependent on how well the opponent can return.

It seems to me that people are having difficulty distinguishing between the serve and the total game. If this weren't the case Scud would have more votes, I would think. Everyone in the top echelon of the game has to have a good serve these days.

To me, speaking only of the serve and not about how well I like the guys (or dislike someone else) or the rest of thier game, I would think from the guys listed it would be between Scud and Andy.

To be honest though, I haven't seen Safin play at his best for so long that I have difficulty remembering his serve.

I do admire Roger's serve, but it is only one piece of his game and sets up his game. He has more aces than Andy when they play because Andy doesn't return Roger's serve very well, and Roger returns Andy's serve excellently.
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It also depends on what you mean by "best". It might mean any of fastest, prettiest, most variety, most consistent, most effective. And naturally some of these are more subjective qualities than others.
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Re: POLL: Best serve

And you might get a different answer if you asked people intimately involved in professional tennis than people who post on message boards.
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Re: POLL: Best serve

Lets just say that best is more effective. And effectiveness includes speed, consistency and perhaps variety.

The last time I saw Safin was Kremlin Cup. The serve was as follows: average speed=190 kph. Aces=40(I think). I'd say that's effective. Although the opponent was W. Black.
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Roger outserved him at the Masters cup too. He also got alot of aces against Andre. Roger puts alot on his serves and mixes up the placement and his ball toss height is the same thus making it very tough to read. Blake who has played Andy a bunch of times has said nobody puts more on their 2nd serve than Roger. Its a tough call between Roger Scud and Marat but I would say its one of them. I also think Guga has an very underrated serve like JC. Andy's serve is one of the best but its much more brawn than brain which is why his serve was facing so many problems at the Cup. Still he did have an great serving set against Roger in that 1st set. Ok now I am rambling too much. Depends what you are considering when it comes to best serve.
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Safin fired 40 aces in three sets and he *lost*? Wow.
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The last time I saw Safin was Kremlin Cup. The serve was as follows: average speed=190 kph. Aces=40(I think). I'd say that's effective. Although the opponent was W. Black.
lol, 40 aces is not true. It were about 20.

Marat`s serve is very unconsistent. (since 2000, in 2000 it was consistent). Its always different every match he plays, so you cant really say... sometimes its effective, sometimes not.
And it also depends on the Rest of his game.

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I was afraid of this. I knew it was either that, or that, but the stupid Kremlin Cup site did not work, when I went there to check.
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